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Surveys show increase in quail abundance

LINCOLN, Neb. – Northern bobwhite abundance increased compared to 2016, indicating that populations in Nebraska continue to rebound from the severe winters of 2009-2010 and the severe drought of 2012-2013, according to a whistle count and July rural mail carrier surveys. Results of the whistle count survey show statewide, within the quail’s range, the mean number of males heard calling in 2017 was higher than in 2016. In addition, the 2017 July Rural Mail Carrier Survey shows that relative abundance …

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Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors to accept deer donations starting Sept. 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin donating deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program Sept. 1 at 18 processor locations around the state. Three additional processors will accept deer for the program starting Nov. 11. Hunters pay no processing costs for deer accepted by processors for this donation-driven program. The HHH program is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions. Ground venison is distributed by charitable organizations to Nebraskans in need. Hunters should first talk with processors but may keep …

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Dove hunting season opens Sept. 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – Dove hunting season begins soon and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has some reminders for those hunters, as well as recommendations for areas to hunt. Doves may be hunted statewide. The season is Sept. 1 – Oct. 30, with daily bag and possession limits of 15 and 45, respectively. Bag limits are for mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared doves in aggregate. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. Nebraska residents 16 years and older …

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Outdoor Ambassadors

Every hunter I know is an ambassador of our sport and our outdoor heritage.   Some realize this daily while others…well…don’t see themselves there yet.   When you think of what an ambassador does, it really makes you understand our importance in hunting and conservation.   By definition, an Ambassador is an accredited person sent by an organization to represent them.   So…how well do each of us represent the hunting community?   Do we speak of hunting and its associated partners in a positive light …

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FALL ARREST SYSTEMS SAVE LIVES – DON’T CLIMB WITHOUT ONE!

Statistics show hunting ranks among the safest of outdoor sports, and hunting related injuries have dropped considerably with required hunter education. However, the annual figures don’t tell the whole story because it’s difficult for game agencies to keep track of the injuries sustained in falls from tree stands. Frequently, treestand accidents don’t involve firearms or even archery equipment in the case setting up, moving or taking down a stand. As a result, many treestand accidents aren’t included in these statistics. …

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Hunting on state recreation areas begins Sept. 5

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters are reminded that state recreation areas (SRA) are closed to hunting until Tuesday, Sept. 5. Several hunting seasons will be open during the Labor Day weekend. Archery deer, dove, grouse and other small game seasons will be open Friday, Sept 1. The early teal season begins Sept. 2. SRA regulations prohibit any hunting until the Tuesday following Labor Day, which is Sept. 5. Regulations state the portions of some SRAs are open to hunting from the …

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Learn to Hunt workshops scheduled across state

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host several Learn to Hunt workshops this fall to help novices prepare for upcoming hunting seasons. These free workshops are designed to improve confidence and expand knowledge for those with little or no experience. There are workshops for deer, bird and predator hunting. Presenters will discuss strategies, equipment, biology and techniques. The workshop schedule is: Aug. 27 – deer hunting, Izaak Walton League, Bennet Aug. 29 – dove hunting, Nebraska …

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Fall turkey permits available beginning Aug. 14

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin purchasing fall turkey permits Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. Central Time. Permits will be available at OutdoorNebraska.org and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices. A fall turkey permit is valid statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter may have up to two permits. There is no minimum age requirement for youth. The fall turkey season is Sept. 15 – Jan. …

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Squirrel Season!

If it weren’t for fishing and camping, summer would be tough to get through.  After all, June and July are the only two months where we do not have a hunting season in Nebraska.  But….August is finally around the corner.   While the fishing has been awesome this year, the small game season will be upon us and first out of the shoot…squirrel season.   From August 1 – January 31, squirrels will provide families across Nebraska with all the excitement and …

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Big Game Conservation Association hosting a Day at the Range at Platte River SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Big Game Conservation Association will host a Day at the Range on Aug. 19 at Platte River State Park. Come to the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex and visit with association members about their organization. Visitors will receive a token for a free shooting experience at the range. All ages are welcome. Activities include archery, pellet gun, rifle, tomahawk and slingshot. Youth must be at least 8 years old to shoot rifles. A park …

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